(Reuters) - The following lists the impact of the earthquake and tsunami that hit northeast Japan on March 11 and the subsequent crisis at a nuclear power plant. Asterisk indicates a new or updated entry
* A total of 12,554 people were confirmed dead by Japan’s National Police Agency as of 8 p.m. (7 a.m. ET) on Wednesday, while 15,077 were missing.
* More than 163,000 people were in shelters around the country as of 7 a.m. ET on Wednesday following evacuation, the National Police Agency said.
The government has set up an evacuation area around Tokyo Electric Power Co’s quake-stricken nuclear plant in Fukushima 240 km (150 miles) north of Tokyo, with a 20-km (12-mile) radius. More than 70,000 people lived in the largely rural area within the 20 km zone. It is unclear how many of them have been evacuated, but most are believed to have left.
Another 136,000 people were within a zone extending a further 10 km in which residents are recommended to leave or stay indoors.
* A total of 162,481 households in the north were without electricity as of 3 a.m. ET on Wednesday, Tohoku Electric Power Co said.
* At least 170,000 households in eight prefectures were without running water as of early on Wednesday, the Health Ministry said.
* At least 46,027 buildings have been destroyed, washed away or burned down, the National Police Agency of Japan said.
The government has estimated damage from the earthquake and tsunami at 16-25 trillion yen $190-295 billion). The top estimate would make it the world’s costliest natural disaster.
The estimate covers damage to roads, homes, factories and other infrastructure, but excludes lost economic activity from power outages and costs arising from damage to the Fukushima nuclear power plant, as well as the impact of swings in financial markets and business sentiment.
The yen initially spiked to a record high against the dollar after the quake, prompting the first joint intervention by the Group of Seven rich nations in 11 years to help shield Japan’s export-reliant economy.
Japan’s reconstruction spending will almost certainly exceed that of the 1995 quake in Kobe, when the government needed extra budgets of more than 3 trillion yen.
The government may need to spend more than 10 trillion yen in emergency budgets for post-quake disaster relief and reconstruction, with part of them possibly covered by new taxes, Deputy Finance Minister Mitsuru Sakurai signaled on Thursday.
According to the Foreign Ministry, 134 countries and 39 international organizations have offered assistance.
Reporting by Chizu Nomiyama